|Yoko Ono on Contemporary Japanese Culture and Music|
Yoko Ono talks of the early part of the Showa Period (1926-1989), in Japan, and sings songs for unaccompanied voice which show various aspects of these times and culture.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; WBAI; Interview; Music; World Music; Ethnic Music
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|You Must Wear Earphones|
Ron Williams, a student of psycho-acoustics and composer, talks about his experiments with binaural recording, which he hopes will lead toward a process of recording which will exactly simulate the human hearing experience. Williams has designed a model of his own head with two microphones carefully placed inside the fleshy ears. The purpose is to record sounds exactly as humans hear them, including any spatial components...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; psycho-acoustics; Ron Williams; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic
|Young Caesar: A Puppet Opera by Lou Harrison|
On December 25, 1974, as a Christmas special, the Fruit Punch Collective presented a recording of the 1971 world premiere performance of Lou Harrison’s gay-oriented opera, “Young Caesar”. The story of the opera explores the meeting and purported subsequent love affair between the young Julius Caesar and King Nicomedes IV of Bithynia. In addition to desiring to write an opera with a homosexual theme Harrison was also attracted to the story about Caesar and Nicomedes because it represented t...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Opera; New Music; Lou Harrison